The roll out of COVID-19 boosters has already started, and with the development of new variants every now and then, it becomes all the more important to keep ourselves as safe and protected as possible.
Despite the risk the virus continues to bring, some are iffy and maybe even hesitant to get the booster. Reasons like “I already got two doses,” “I don’t want to experience the side effects again,” or even “I already have antibodies from contracting COVID” might seem enough reason to pass up on the extra doses, but keeping ourselves protected all throughout the pandemic is our way of keeping others protected too, and hopefully eradicating the virus once and for all.
So, before you get the booster, here’s what you need to know:
While the initial vaccines work in saving us from severe illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus, experts are starting to see lessened protection even against less severe cases. It helps improve, or at the very least maintain the previous protection we got, as this decreases over time.
It is recommended that you get your booster at least six months after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, and at least two months after for those who are fully vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine.
Yes, they do—except for Moderna boosters, which is half the dose of the first series of vaccination.
Those who have gotten their booster shots reported the same reactions from their two-shot or one-shot series of vaccines. These side effects include pain at the injection site, fatigue, fever, and headache, and they were said to just be within the mild to moderate range. However, just as it was with the initial series, severe side effects, while rare, may still occur.
Yes, a booster is given to those who complete their first series of vaccinations, be it one dose or two doses. Over time, as protection decreases, those who have completed their first round of vaccinations may need to strengthen their barrier of protection.
On the other hand, additional doses are given to those moderately to severely immunocompromised during their first series. It’s given with the intention of improving this group’s response to the initial recommended dosage. Just as it is with boosters, additional doses may be of a different brand from the initial vaccination series.
And once you’ve gotten the booster, just as it was with your first series of vaccination, remember that health protocols remain the same: take your vitamins, maintain proper hygiene, wear masks, and practice social distancing.